SMU's Chad Morris emerges as top target at Arkansas

SMU's Chad Morris emerges as top target at Arkansas

Arkansas has agreed to a deal with SMU coach Chad Morris, according a person with knowledge of the decision.

The 49-year-old Morris will be tasked with turning around an Arkansas program that has finished under.500 three times in the past six seasons and hasn't won 10 games in a season since 2011.

He served as the offensive coordinator under Dabo Swinney at Clemson University before coming to Dallas.

"The future is tremendously bright at the University of Arkansas with the addition of Chad Morris", Yurachek said in a statement. He's coming to Fayetteville.

Morris became the SMU Mustangs head coach in 2015, inheriting a team that gone 1-11 in 2014.

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SMU associate head coach and running backs coach Jeff Traylor has been named interim head coach, a school source told ESPN's Adam Rittenberg. No word yet on official contract details.

Morris successfully rebuilt SMU in his three seasons with the program. Arkansas has gone 33-42 since, making just three bowl games.

"As we began our search for the next head football coach of the Arkansas Razorbacks, Chad Morris was a name that quickly emerged as someone that would be an excellent choice for our program". The former Wisconsin head coach was signed through the 2020 season and will be paid an $11.8 million buyout.

He replaces Bret Bielema, who was sacked after compiling a 29-34 record in five seasons - including 11-29 in the Southeastern Conference.